There are quite a few important players scheduled to return from injury this week. Players like Jose Bautista, Stephen Drew, and maybe even Cody Ross are set to return to action this week. Yesterday, two key player made their returns from injury.
David Freese was activated from the disabled list yesterday and made his season debut for the St. Louis Cardinals. Freese had been assigned to the minors for a three game rehab set before being cleared to come off the DL. He had been dealing with a back strain he suffered back in March.
In his debut, Freese went hitless. However, his bat should heat up pretty quickly. Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com says Freese has not had any back pain for about a week. With no lingering affects from the injury, it shouldn't take Freese long to get back into a rhythm.
The Braves also got one of their important young players back in the lineup yesterday. Surprisingly, Andrelton Simmons did not return to his spot at the top of the lineup. He hit eighth in the Braves' win over the Miami Marlins yesterday. Simmons had been battling a thumb injury.
The young Braves' shortstop went hitless in his return. He had only missed two games as a result of the injury, but in that time B.J. Upton has taken over the lead-off hitter role. Simmons may reclaim that role as Upton has not been hitting well to start the season.
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